Medical event, winch rescue and motor vehicle accident | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Medical event, winch rescue and motor vehicle accident

On Monday night the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Raetihi for a woman who was suffering from multiple seizures.

The woman in her 40’s was flown to Whanganui Hospital where she underwent further treatment.


Upon returning to Palmerston Base the team was asked to try to locate two hunters in the Ruahine Ranges where one of the party had fallen and badly injured his ankle.

Due to the cloud, the crew was unable to access the men who needed to be winched out. Fortunately, the two men where well equipped and were ok to sleep the night on the track.

At first light, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter returned to the area and successfully winched both hunters out and took them to Palmerston North Hospital where one of the men received treatment for his injured ankle.


Later that afternoon the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Featherson to a serious head-on motor vehicle accident.

The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was assisted by crews from Wellington Free Ambulance who helped treat the man who had suffered serious multiple injuries.

The man in his 50’s was flown to Wellington Hospital and treated by the trauma team at the hospital on arrival.


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